ARL is all about FUN.

*Please note that ARL 2019 is full. For those looking to learn to row this season please look at our Learn to Row sessions. See you on the water!

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) crews meet once a week on weekday evenings in June and July.

Each participant chooses whether they wish to practice on Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday nights. Based on your preference, we’ll assign you to a crew, a boat and coaches. Let us know when you register if there are others you wish to row with.  Four weekly practices are held starting in June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:00pm). Practices will be designed to get you ready for July race nights! They will include dry land and on the water lessons to teach you rowing basics including safety, terminology and proper form.

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (6:00pm) for races – some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open.

All practices and race nights take place at the stunning ORC boathouses located at 10 Lady Grey Drive, right along the Ottawa River.

Previous experience required:

 Suitable for ‘never rowed’, novice or experienced rower as registrants are placed with compatible crews.

Ages: 18+ years

2019 Adult Rowing League Program Dates

    • ARL Introduction and Q&A Night – Thursday, May 16 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    • Tuesday ARL Orientation Night – Tuesday, May 21 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Wednesday ARL Orientation Night – Wednesday, May 22 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Thursday ARL Orientation Night – Thursday, May 23 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • You will complete safety training, go over boat handling and launch procedures during the orientation night.  Come dressed in athletic attire.

    • Practice Nights 2019
        • Tuesday ARL – May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
        • Wednesday ARL – May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26; practices are 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
      • Thursday ARL – May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • The evenings of July 2, 3 and 4 are contingency practice nights should an earlier practice date be cancelled due to weather.

      • Race Nights 2019
  • July 11, 18 and 25; all races nights at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Adult Rowing League


Program fee does not include HST.  Program fee does not include Rowing Canada and RowOntario association fee of $45, which must be paid when registering.

*Please note that ARL 2019 is full. For those looking to learn to row this season please look at our Learn to Row sessions. See you on the water!

Things to Consider

Come prepared to exercise. Loose fitting clothing can be a problem in the boats; wear snug shorts or tights.
  • You won’t be rowing all of the time. Bring a layer to keep you warm on the water.
  • Wearing rings is uncomfortable. We have lockers (no locks), but it’s best to leave your jewelry at home.
  • Rowing is thirsty work – don’t forget to bring water.
  • If you ride or drive there are spots to lock up your bike and park your car at the Club.
  • For more information about Adult Rowing League and group rates please contact
  • Weather

    Rowing is only fun when it’s safe. If the weather is too rough, we may have to reschedule a session to one of our rain dates or make alternate arrangements.
  • Don’t guess!  Come down to the club as scheduled. If the water is good and you don’t come, you’ll miss your practice.